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Recommendations - Children in the care of Lambeth Council

These recommendations were made in the Children in the care of Lambeth Council investigation report.

The Inquiry published this report and its recommendations on 27 July 2021 and will contact institutions to whom recommendations are addressed in line with the Inquiry's agreed process for monitoring recommendations. Unless otherwise stated, institutions should publish their responses within six months of the relevant recommendations being published.

Response to this investigation report

Recommendation

Lambeth Council should develop and publish a comprehensive action plan which details the actions that it will take in response to the issues raised throughout the Inquiry’s investigation report. The action plan should be developed and published within six months of the publication of this investigation report, and should be accompanied by timescales for completing identified actions as soon as possible.

Responses

On 27 July 2021, Lambeth Council announced an Action Plan, which focuses on:

  • records management;

  • ensuring completion of DBS checks (for staff and elected members);

  • recruitment and vetting of foster carers;

  • oversight of independent sector provision for children and young people;

  • improved supervision, including a refreshed Supervision Policy;

  • a re-launched Corporate Parenting Board, with Cllr. Davie in the chair and oversight of it via the Children at the Heart of Practice Board, itself chaired by the Chief Executive;

  • a new approach to written protocols that clarifies the sharing of case details with the cabinet member and the process for reporting of allegations made against staff;

  • engagement with the Lambeth Safeguarding Children’s Partnership on policies and procedures around sexual abuse; and

  • providing assurance that allegations against named perpetrators through the redress process have been reviewed and referred to the Police and Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) where appropriate.

Training for elected councillors

Recommendations

All Lambeth Council elected members should receive training on: (i) safeguarding and (ii) corporate parenting. Newly elected members should receive training on these matters as soon as possible following their election. Training should be mandatory and repeated on a regular basis.

The training content should be regularly reviewed and updated.

Responses

On 27 July 2021, Lambeth Council stated that all councillors are required to complete safeguarding training as well as training on corporate parenting. Councillors have also been provided with a handbook explaining the crucial role of corporate parenting to help them fulfil their obligations.

Review of recruitment and vetting checks of current foster carers and children’s home staff

Recommendations

Lambeth Council should review the application of recruitment and vetting procedures for all current foster carers directly provided by Lambeth Council, to ensure that the procedures have been followed correctly.

In addition, Lambeth Council should seek assurances from external agencies and other local authorities, in which children in the care of Lambeth Council have been placed, that recruitment and vetting procedures have been followed correctly for all foster carers and residential children’s homes’ staff working with children.

Responses

On 27 July 2021, Lambeth Council stated that it has better systems in place to ensure staff working with children comply with safer recruitment which means their DBS, qualifications, references and employment history are fully checked. Systems are also in place to ensure full compliance with fostering standards. This means ensuring that DBS checks of foster carers, adult household members and backup support are up to date. Every foster carer has an annual review to make sure they are providing the kind of care we would want for our children. Feedback is obtained from children in the course of the review.

Lambeth Council also introduced annual follow-ups on all foster carers, including DBS checks and medical checks. The Council carried out a detailed audit of all foster carers and associated household members to ensure all DBS and medical checks on foster carers are up to date, recruited a new Carer Compliance Officer to lead on this area and is in the process of building an automated dashboard and alert system to provide accurate and timely information about the status of fostering checks

The death of LA‑A2

Recommendations

The Metropolitan Police Service should consider whether there are grounds for a criminal investigation into Lambeth Council’s actions when providing information to the coroner about the circumstances surrounding LA‑A2’s death.

Responses

On 27 July 2021, the Metropolitan Police announced that they have received the Inquiry's recommendation and will now assess whether there are grounds for a criminal investigation into Lambeth Council’s actions when providing information to the coroner about the circumstances surrounding LA‑A2’s death.

Recommendations process

You can find out about our process for monitoring responses by visiting our web page.

Children in the care of Lambeth Council investigation report

View the Inquiry's Children in the care of Lambeth Council investigation report in its entirety

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